It took a little over three hours for the trip from Quitaque, TX to Mountain Park, OK. Mountain Park is about three miles North of where I was born in Snyder, OK and the State Park is about three miles North of Mountain Park. We have a 50 amp full hookup site which is very large and has a nice setting overlooking the lake. Verizon is strong and the satellite was quick and easy.
Along the trip we stopped in Turkey, TX, just a little east of Quitaque, to see the Bob Wills Museum
. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
was one of the premier western swing bands in the 30's, 40's and 50's and one of my father's favorite bands so we had to visit the museum in Turkey. It is a small museum and they have done a nice job of documenting the band. Unfortunately my battery died so I didn't get many pictures.
After setting up camp we went back into Snyder to see the old homestead and try to find something to eat. The first was easy, the second not so much! Snyder is so small it wasn't much trouble finding the home I lived in until 1957 when we moved to Seminole, OK. It looks a lot smaller than I remember but I guess that is normal. We also visited the Snyder cemetery to see the plot where my parents and grandparents on my father's side are buried in the family plot. Myself, my brother in Phoenix and a couple of cousins, I believe in Illinois, are the only Roberts left so I don't know if the other four spaces in the plot will be used or not? There are only a couple of places to eat left in Snyder and neither appealed to us so we went back to the Mothership and prepared our own. We did stop at Toma's Grocery which was is the only store still in operation from when we left Snyder in 1957. Of course it is being ran by the offspring of the proprietor of the 50's.
The next day we headed for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge a little East of the State Park. As a child we camped there at least once a year and I remember the bison surrounding our campsite in the mornings as they would come down to the lake for water. The refuge had a huge fire this Summer sparked by a construction worker cutting re-bar and that destroyed much of the plains. It will come back but will probably take a year or two before the grasses are back to normal. We were told they would have to move a good many of the bison and longhorns to areas of Fort Sill so they would have grazing land over the winter until the refuge grass recovers. We did see lots of wildlife though and I naturally included a few pictures. There were many small herds of bison and Texas Longhorns. These herds are some of the few remaining herds of purebred longhorns. We also got to see a couple of prairie dog towns, white-tailed deer, elk, a flock of turkeys and even a skunk as we were leaving in the dark.
We didn't do much else except relax and try to set up the repair of our leveling jack when we reach Purcell, OK and of course today we are watching college football even though our beloved Gators are taking the weekend off. Tomorrow we head for Purcell for a week and a much anticipated visit with relatives.